MP pays Foundation Skills students a visit

Posted: 18-03-2019 - 109 view(s)

Foundation Skills students got a mention on the national stage following a visit from one of their local MPs.

Dr Paul Williams, MP for Stockton South, dropped in to Stockton Riverside College to chat to students as part of their citizenship and democracy unit.

Foundation Skills lecturer Leanne Nixon said: “The students are learning about the role of councils, MPs and national government.”

Thrilled to welcome the MP into their classes, Leanne said: “It was great as for many of the students he is their local Member of Parliament.

“He talked about his role as an MP, he answered all of their questions and even took the time to look at their displays.”

A group of the Foundation Skills students who are also studying performing arts sang their VIP visitor a song.

Leanne said: “It is important for the students to develop an understanding of what being an active citizen in the community means, to understand the importance of voting and taking part in elections. They have a right for their voice to be heard.”

The team were thrilled to then see Dr Paul Williams give them a mention in the House of Commons later that day.

“For the students it felt like a privilege to have him visit. They felt honoured knowing how high profile he is that he spent time with them. It was an amazing experience. They felt valued and listened to.”

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